Wahbanang is authored by a respected group of Knowledge Keepers, Elders, and Chiefs —members of the Anishinaabe, Ininiwak (Cree), and Dakota Nations and from a collective autonomous Red Nation of Original Peoples of Great Turtle Island. Together, they sound an emergency warning and offer a blueprint forward for all peoples to stand with spiritual and natural laws.
In 1971, Manitoba’s First Nation leaders released WAHBUNG: Our Tomorrows (1971), published by the Manitoba Indian Brotherhood as their position paper in response to Trudeau’s White Paper. It continues to be an agenda for action that included First Nations’ inherent right to design and have full authority over their health, education, and child and family services systems, informed by First Nations worldviews, laws, and approaches.
The root word of “Wahbung” is “Wahbanang” – the east, where the sun rises. It refers to “Going Back to the beginning” in Anishinaabemowin.
In 2018, Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) Grand Chief Dumas passed tobacco to Elders and Knowledge Keepers at the Turtle Lodge to develop a position document for today.
Knowledge Keepers from the Anishinaabe, Dakota, and Ininiwak Nations gathered numerous times at the Turtle Lodge in ceremony and prepared this collective unified message for the people.